Saturday, May 9, 2009

Itsy Bitsy Spider...California Poison Action Hotline

I'm out gardening in the backyard...and itsy bitsy spider is a Black Widow! "This is serious!" as the Wonder Pets would say. So I do a google search for Black Widow spider. Yes, I confirmed what we've got living on the side of the house! Red belly, big, black and poisonous! What should I do with it? Kill it, or try to donate to Lindsay Wildlife Museum?

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  1. Just leave the black widow alone :) They usually hide before you even see them so consider yourself lucky. They usually live near something they can hide in or under... but if its somewhere you think ava would get into ... I think killing is only thing you can do. You'd want to be careful trying to capture it and I tell you... they are elusive critters it will be hard to catch. They move FAST despite their clunky appearance.

  2. Yes, I'm afraid Ava would get to it. The other day she brought me a live bee, holding it with her bare hands saying: "Look Mommy, a buggy bee!" I think she understands not to touch bees now. She did say: "I sorry Mommy."

    She's really in love with earthworms right now. Even snuck one up into the bedroom to put it to "sleep" she says. She knows earthworms are our friends. I guess she was going to take a nap with it. She is always concerned that we dig for the entire worm family. Can't just have one. Have to dig for Mommy, Daddy, and Baby worms. Reminds me...I've got to wash the sheets!

    The spider is right near our nasturtiums an area Ava walks along often. She is so fascinated with the Itsy Bitsy Spider song, I'm afraid she may investigate. I just happened to notice the spider as it dangled in view on its web for several minutes at a time. I even photographed it this morning, then it scurried back up into the edge of the house. Photo came out blurry.